The accelerated Bachelor of Science / Master of Science Degree in Information Science & Technology provides qualified students the option of an accelerated course of study toward an advanced degree. The accelerated IST degree program helps students obtain both an undergraduate and graduate degree in a more cost-effective and efficient manner.

Program Type

Accelerated Graduate

Program Format

Hybrid, On Campus, Online

About The Program

Students admitted to the Accelerated Master of Science in Information Science and Technology (MSIST) Degree Program begin their master’s degree coursework in their senior year and take six graduate credits as part of the Bachelor of Science in Information Science & Technology (BSIST) degree requirement. The Accelerated MSIST allows students to shorten their MSIST degree to 24 credits while starting the program as an undergraduate, paying undergraduate tuition for those first 6 credits. It allows students to complete both degrees in less time at a reduced cost.

Students may continue their studies in the MSIST program immediately upon completing their bachelor’s degree or they may defer their MSIST degree start date for up to 5 years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Information Science & Technology
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Must be in progress to complete 105 bachelor’s credits prior to the first term as a graduate student.
  • Demonstrated IT experience (Ex: INFOST 408, INFOST 495, or professional IT experience)

How to Get Started

Complete the IST Accelerated Master’s Degree Interest Form. Students may declare their intent for the accelerated program as incoming freshmen, continuing UWM students, or transfer students.

Schedule a meeting with your undergraduate advisor to determine your eligibility in the accelerated program and to discuss coursework and timeline.

After consultation with your advisor, you will register for two graduate-level courses (six credits) when you have reached senior status within your BS program. Note: To earn graduate credit for these courses, you must register in the graduate section of the course and meet all graduate-level and grade requirements for the course.

At the beginning of your last undergraduate semester, you will formally apply to the Graduate School. Apply by November 1 to begin in Spring or April 1 for Fall.